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AP Top Business News At 3:13 p.m. EST

Black Friday gets a little less frenzied
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year....

BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators....

Oil plunge a panacea for much of world economy
A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. Yet it is also a bonus for consumers as prices fall at the pump, giving individuals more spending money and lowering costs for many businesses....

S&P 500 slips as crude oil sinks
NEW YORK (AP) -- A sharp drop in crude prices tugged down shares in oil and gas companies on Friday, leading the Standard & Poor's 500 index to a slight loss in a short trading session....

Swiss to vote on massive gold-buying plan
GENEVA (AP) -- In Switzerland, a campaign is on to protect the country's wealth by investing in gold - a lot of gold....

Plunging crude prices hammer energy companies
NEW YORK (AP) -- A decision by OPEC this week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad....

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Christmas trees likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time....

US appeals WTO ruling against national meat labels
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from....

Ferguson protests move to retail stores
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Demonstrators sought to catch the attention of shoppers looking for good deals on Friday, going to major retailers around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown....

Germany signs no-spy deal with BlackBerry
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany has approved BlackBerry's purchase of encryption firm Secusmart after signing a "no-spy" agreement with the Canadian smartphone maker....

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